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    Default The dark prank Mick Jagger pulled on Van Halen!

    In the world of rock ‘n’ roll, there are plenty of timeless stories that usually either end up in extreme hilarity or total tragedy.

    This one, in particular, contained a crossroads and teetered on edge between the two, creating uncertainty and panic. What’s more, it included two extremely high profile stars.

    The Rolling Stones are often at the centre of many of these crazy stories. When the band of bluesmen released their 1981 record, Tattoo You, the tour for the record saw the Stones hit a milestone: it was their largest and most successful tour to date, breaking ticket sales records.

    Van Halen were also on their Fair Warning tour which they were wrapping up, a time when The Stones reached out to have them open up for Van Halen’s last date of their tour in Orlando, Florida on October 24th.

    Although it might have seemed like a strange pairing, the concert was a huge success, and it was also a testament to how fluid the Stones really are.

    Typically, behind the scenes of any concert, there is usually at least one problem no matter the size of the issue — it is a rare miracle when a concert goes 100 per cent problem-free.

    The problem that arose during this massive production could have ended very poorly.

    Van Halen’s bass player, and Michael Anthony’s guitar tech, Kevin Dugan, retold the story to Ultimate Classic Rock.

    It started when Anthony broke a string on his bass guitar during Van Halen’s set.

    Although it’s an issue that doesn’t happen all that often, as it was Anthony’s number one choice for guitar, Dugan had to change the strings in a flash.

    “I see Bill Graham, the promoter, and he’s leaning on my workbox talking to some other guy,” Dugan began.

    “So, I yell, ‘Bill! Get out of the way!’ Bill jumps out of the way, and I grab the door of my workbox and throw it open.

    The other guy he was talking to, the door hits him in the chest, and he flies back on his ass about five feet.

    I yell sorry, grabbed the strings, ran back out, changed strings and got Michael his number one bass back.”

    After Dugan completed his task, he immediately ran back to Graham to apologise.

    When he was told that it wasn’t an issue, Dugan thought that was the end of it.

    After Van Halen’s set, Michael Anthony found out fairly quickly that Mick Jagger was accidentally knocked back.

    Years later, Dugan would receive a phone call from a fellow guitar tech, Jim Barber, who was invited to work with Jagger on his solo album.

    Barber needed a place to stay while in LA, Dugan offered to let him stay at his place.

    “I went to LAX [airport] to pick him up, and there’s a limo and a couple vans for all the gear he flew in,” Dugan continued.

    “So, I started helping go back and forth and grab gear and put it in the van, and every time I’m walking past this limo.”

    Eventually, on one of his trips back to the van to pack Barber’s gear, a door to this mysterious limo opened up, blocking Dugan’s path.

    “They open the door to the limo, blocking my path, and they push me into the limo and slam the door shut,” he explained.

    “Mick Jagger is sitting there by himself, and he looks at me and he goes, ‘I understand we’ve met before.’ …

    I’m sitting there thinking, ‘What the fuck?’”

    Jagger seems friendly at first, asking Dugan to convince Michael Anthony to contribute some bass parts to Jagger’s album.

    The Rolling Stones man proceeded to invite him out to dinner, and then that’s when Jagger’s facial expression changed, as he got ready to strike to deliver the punchline.

    “Then he says ‘Oh, and one more thing I’ve got to mention,'” Dugan recalled.

    “All of the sudden, his facial expression changed, and he lunged at me, grabbed me by my shirt, pulls me towards him and says, ‘If you ever knock me on my ass again, I’ll have you killed!’ […] I can’t keep a straight face.”

    “Jagger rolls the window down, and there were 10 people outside laughing and saying, ‘We got you!’

    That was pretty funny. The fact that Jim got Mick to do that is something else.”

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    Incredible story. Only in Rock n Roll baby.

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    Funny story!!
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    I heard Dugan talking about this recently. He also mentioned that he apologized to Jagger for knocking him over and Jagger said something like "You had a job to do and I was in your way. dont worry about it" which was an amazing attitude from Mick. A lot of lesser people probably would of had a hissy fit.

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    Mick got his, though:

    ”There was a rare moment, in late 1984, of Charlie throwing his drummer’s punch - a punch I’ve seen a couple of times and it’s lethal; it carries a lot of balance and timing. He has to be badly provoked. He threw this one at Mick. We were in Amsterdam for a meeting. Mick and I weren’t on great terms at the time, but I said, c’mon, let’s go out. And I lent him the jacket I got married in. We got back to the hotel about five in the morning and Mick called up Charlie. I said, don’t call him, not at this hour. But he did, and said, “Where’s my drummer?” No answer. He puts the phone down. Mick and I were still sitting there, pretty pissed - give Mick a couple of glasses, he’s gone - when, about twenty minutes later, there was a knock at the door. There was Charlie Watts, Savile Row suit, perfectly dressed, tie, shaved, the whole fucking bit. I could smell the cologne! I opened the door and he didn’t even look at me, he walked straight past me, got a hold of Mick and said, “Never call me your drummer again.” Then he hauled him up by the lapels of my jacket and gave him a right hook. Mick fell back onto a silver platter of smoked salmon on the table and began to slide towards the open window and the canal below it. And I was thinking, this is a good one, and then I realized it was my wedding jacket. And I grabbed hold of it and caught Mick just before he slid into the Amsterdam canal. It took me twenty-four hours after that to talk Charlie down. I thought I’d done it when I took him up to his room, but twelve hours later, he was saying, “Fuck it, I’m gonna go down and do it again.” It takes a lot to wind that man up. “Why did you stop him?” My jacket, Charlie, that’s why!”

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    Quote Originally Posted by billy007 View Post
    Mick got his, though:

    ”There was a rare moment, in late 1984, of Charlie throwing his drummer’s punch - a punch I’ve seen a couple of times and it’s lethal; it carries a lot of balance and timing. He has to be badly provoked. He threw this one at Mick. We were in Amsterdam for a meeting. Mick and I weren’t on great terms at the time, but I said, c’mon, let’s go out. And I lent him the jacket I got married in. We got back to the hotel about five in the morning and Mick called up Charlie. I said, don’t call him, not at this hour. But he did, and said, “Where’s my drummer?” No answer. He puts the phone down. Mick and I were still sitting there, pretty pissed - give Mick a couple of glasses, he’s gone - when, about twenty minutes later, there was a knock at the door. There was Charlie Watts, Savile Row suit, perfectly dressed, tie, shaved, the whole fucking bit. I could smell the cologne! I opened the door and he didn’t even look at me, he walked straight past me, got a hold of Mick and said, “Never call me your drummer again.” Then he hauled him up by the lapels of my jacket and gave him a right hook. Mick fell back onto a silver platter of smoked salmon on the table and began to slide towards the open window and the canal below it. And I was thinking, this is a good one, and then I realized it was my wedding jacket. And I grabbed hold of it and caught Mick just before he slid into the Amsterdam canal. It took me twenty-four hours after that to talk Charlie down. I thought I’d done it when I took him up to his room, but twelve hours later, he was saying, “Fuck it, I’m gonna go down and do it again.” It takes a lot to wind that man up. “Why did you stop him?” My jacket, Charlie, that’s why!”

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    It's just so condescending.

    Like DLR calling Mike "the bass player".

    Good for Charlie.
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    the part that gets me about that story is it's about 530A when Charlie knocks on the door and no one would think anything of it if he was in sweatpants and tshirt but instead he shows up fully dressed for business!
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    Quote Originally Posted by billy007 View Post
    Mick got his, though:

    ”There was a rare moment, in late 1984, of Charlie throwing his drummer’s punch - a punch I’ve seen a couple of times and it’s lethal; it carries a lot of balance and timing. He has to be badly provoked. He threw this one at Mick. We were in Amsterdam for a meeting. Mick and I weren’t on great terms at the time, but I said, c’mon, let’s go out. And I lent him the jacket I got married in. We got back to the hotel about five in the morning and Mick called up Charlie. I said, don’t call him, not at this hour. But he did, and said, “Where’s my drummer?” No answer. He puts the phone down. Mick and I were still sitting there, pretty pissed - give Mick a couple of glasses, he’s gone - when, about twenty minutes later, there was a knock at the door. There was Charlie Watts, Savile Row suit, perfectly dressed, tie, shaved, the whole fucking bit. I could smell the cologne! I opened the door and he didn’t even look at me, he walked straight past me, got a hold of Mick and said, “Never call me your drummer again.” Then he hauled him up by the lapels of my jacket and gave him a right hook. Mick fell back onto a silver platter of smoked salmon on the table and began to slide towards the open window and the canal below it. And I was thinking, this is a good one, and then I realized it was my wedding jacket. And I grabbed hold of it and caught Mick just before he slid into the Amsterdam canal. It took me twenty-four hours after that to talk Charlie down. I thought I’d done it when I took him up to his room, but twelve hours later, he was saying, “Fuck it, I’m gonna go down and do it again.” It takes a lot to wind that man up. “Why did you stop him?” My jacket, Charlie, that’s why!”

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